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With the advancement of IoT, the number of smart and connected devices is increasing. These geographically distributed devices produce and consume a huge amount of heterogeneous and dynamic data known as ‘Big Data’ at the network edge that is close to the end users. Therefore, a new requirement of data management and computing capacity at the network edge has been evolved with respect to user mobility and diverse requirements of applications. Since the traditional cloud data-centers are not capable of handling such extensive data as well as user mobility, it has become indispensable to rethink about the resource allocation and management in the cloud infrastructure. In this case, distributed computing models such as fog computing, mobile clouds and vehicular networks come into play.


The article, ‘Mobility-aware application scheduling in fog computing’ by Luiz F. Bittencourt et al., discusses the advantageous aspects of fog computing in the context of faster data processing and computing at the edges of the network for the applications dependent on users’ geographical location. It gives an overview of the hierarchical fog computing infrastructure and illustrates the possible development of user access point called ‘cloudlets’ with the utilization of computation and storage facility. Applications can be classified into different categories based on the user mobility and Quality of Service (QoS) requirements of the applications. These classes can influence the design of scheduling strategies for fog computing infrastructure.


The article depicts that by putting application classes and fog computing scheduling policies together while considering user mobility can reduce network delay which makes the applications perform better. To find out more detailed information, please follow the link,


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8 Simple Reasons You Should Migrate To Cloud
Mike Miranda
JUL 02, 2015 08:50 AM
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You’ve probably heard a lot about the cloud in recent years, but that doesn’t mean your company is currently making the most of it. If you need convincing, hopefully the following will make it clear that this technology is too good to pass up.

Unrivaled Flexibility

Flexibility is one of those things that are easy to undervalue in a company. However, when the time comes that flexibility could have helped, you’ll wish your organization had been more agile. It’s impossible to predict everything that can happen in your industry, especially in a world that’s growing progressively smaller and, it seems, more volatile too.

If you can’t roll with the punches, if your company can’t bend without breaking, it’s going to have a pretty hard time sticking it out year after year. Instead, your company needs to invest in a cloud environment.

Cloud deployments allow organizations like yours to respond to business changes the moment they happen.

Updates Are Immediate

Like most companies, yours probably operates on a large foundation of software. You aren’t alone if you can’t even name them all. Obviously, all that software is great. Those platforms allow your company to do more than it otherwise could. Unfortunately, they can also become an unnecessary burden at times.

Think back to the last time a software update had to go out through your company. Did it feel like a smooth process or was it a bit clumsy, at best? Were there constant setbacks until, finally, all your employees had the updates they needed?

Before those updates go out, though, you aren’t getting the best results from that software. Your normal work processes could be putting your company at risk, too, if the right software isn’t involved.

Cloud computing makes it easy to deploy updates at will. They can be done virtually, meaning all of your employees get their upgrades at the same time. Many times, you can schedule automatic installations of the updates as soon as possible.

Better Security

This should be an attractive feature to just about anyone, regardless of the industry you work in. Everyone is concerned about security these days and for good reason. There are more threats out there than ever before. The more employees you bring on and the more third-parties you work with, the more likely it is that your security will be at risk.

Many people have the misconception that the cloud is somehow more vulnerable to security threats. The idea seems to be that because the cloud is “out there” and not a server housed at your location or in a traditional hosting facility, it will be easier for hackers to attack.

This just isn’t true though. For one thing, the cloud isn’t “out there.” These environments still exist on servers and you can take a number of steps to ensure that your hosting company is one with satisfactory security.

However, cloud standards of security—which cloud providers have to comply with—are stricter than other options. By utilizing the cloud, you no longer have to worry that a lost laptop or smartphone could cripple your company.

Every company out there should be doing everything they can to increase their security measures. If the cloud did nothing more than just keep your data safer, it would be well worth the investment. The fact that it will improve your security and do so much more makes it an invaluable tool.

Faster Deployments

The cloud has a similar effect on deployment time as it does on software upgrades. This effect is also why the cloud is so great for a company’s flexibility. Right now, you’re probably looking at years standing between you and your organization’s next deployment. Pre-cloud, this was fairly standard.

However, now that the cloud is here, your deadlines shouldn’t be much more than a couple months for an enterprise-level solution. For smaller items, the cloud could have it rolled out in just a few weeks.

Of course, the faster you get the deployment out, the quicker it can be implemented and your company or customers can benefit from it. Better still, you won’t have to invest as many IT resources in getting the finished product.

Cloud Services Are More Affordable

Once your company adopts the cloud, it can begin receiving services virtually as well. This is far more convenient than the old way of doing things. Many of the services your organization needs—or would at least love to have—can now be utilized through a subscription model. This is much more affordable than buying something straight-out.

It’s also great because it’s easier to back out if it turns out your investment isn’t paying off. The manufacturer simply cancels the subscription and you’re done.

Of course, this works both ways. If you offer software to your customers, doing so through the cloud will help attract more business. Aside from how much more convenient it is, customers will also appreciate that there’s less risk involved with the subscription service.

Scale Either Way with Ease

Scalability needs to be a central concern for today’s modern business. You never know what the next opportunity will look like. Sadly, this stops a lot of companies from making the most of their markets. They aren’t able to grab some opportunities because they’re simply not big enough to do so or otherwise lack the size it would take. Slightly larger competitors may get them and only increase their size further.

On the other hand, often, companies don’t succeed because they got too big too fast. You could also find yourself too large because of unpredictable factors with the economy. All of a sudden, the size that was once your greatest asset is now holding you back.

The cloud can make it easy for your company to grow or slim down as necessary and quickly. You’ll find a much bigger market waiting for you out there when you can meet constantly changing demands.

Enterprise Mobility

Another way the cloud can help you save money is with enterprise mobility. It means that you can now have employees work for your company from just about anywhere on the planet because they can easily connect to your internal systems.

Enterprise mobility will do more than just save you money though. It also means you can now acquire the best possible employees because it’s not necessary that they relocate. You can also pick up freelancers with ease, further improving your staff.

With the cloud, enterprise mobility will make it possible for your employees to travel to client sites or otherwise be out of the office without having to cost your company. They’re now in touch wherever they may be.

Simple Collaboration

According to a study that came out a few years back, over 70% of knowledge workers take part in collaborative efforts at least a month with staff who live in different time zones.

This can be nearly impossible to do without the cloud. Once you start leveraging enterprise mobility, this type of collaboration will happen more and more, meaning you want one central location for those documents where people can update them in real time.

If your company is new to the cloud, enterprise mobility or any other topic discussed above, you’re not alone. For more than two decades, Rocket Software has helped people just like you become familiar with these important matters and utilize them for better revenues and increased efficiency.


Mike Miranda writes about enterprise software and covers products offered by software companies like www.RocketSoftware.com

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